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Australian Greens' Senator for South Australia met representatives from urban poor communities of Phnom Penh at HRTF’s office

Australian Greens' Senator for South Australia met representatives from urban poor communities of Phnom Penh at HRTF’s office

On the morning of 17 November, 2014, the Australian Greens' Senator for South Australia, Mrs Sarah Hanson-Young met representatives from urban poor communities of Phnom Penh, youth group and monks in order to discuss about the human rights situation of Cambodia, especially regarding the sending of refugees from Australia to Cambodia. The activists could explain the dire living conditions they are forced to endured after being evicted to express their doubt and concerns about seeing refugees in the Kingdom.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young went then to a field trip to HRTF's target groups (Borei Keila, Boeung Kak...) to see the real housing of the urban poor residents.

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Lor Peang community were blocked and beaten by police forces

Lor Peang community were blocked and beaten by police forces

On August 13th 2014, around 60 residents from Lor Peang community, Kompong Chhnang province, marched from their village to Phnom Penh in order to submit their petition and complaint to the National Assembly, as well as official buildings, regarding the forced eviction they are suffering.

n the way they were blocked and beaten by police forces, leaving 6 women unconscious. Despite this violence they continued their journey and were assisted by the land communities of Phnom Penh as well as monks in order to go through the several blockages organized by the Authorities on the road.

At around 5pm they arrived finally in Boeung Kak area where they will rest before undertaking further marches to the Assembly and embassies.

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Ms. Long Kimheang, Senior communication officer-HRTF interviewed by VOA

This is the Morning News of VOA. Ms. Long Kimheang, Senior communication officer-HRTF interviewed by VOA on her trip to join the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights at Brussels, Belgium from April 14 - 20, 2013. Ms. Long was invited by European Delegation in Phnom Penh to join this forum.

For more detail please listen her conversation with VOA reporter- Mr. Kong Sothanarith in the 16:00 time.

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